God Is In Control
Romans 13:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25
I. God is in control of the government
A. Romans 13:1-5 - an example of civil obedience
1. God is in control
2. All authority is appointed by God (v. 1)
3. Resisting authority is the same as resisting God (v. 2)
B. Daniel 3:17-18 - an example of civil disobedience
1. God is still in control
2. Disobey government when it violates God's clear command in Scripture
3. Be willing to accept the consequences for disobedience
II. God is in control of our church
A. Hebrews 10:25 - the command to "meet together"
1. It is a sin to neglect physically meeting together... but in all circumstances?
a. It is an absolute sin to miss any worship service.
b. Or there are rare but appropriate times to miss church.
B. Hebrews 10:23-25 - context
1. "Meeting together" is a secondary command to accomplish the primary command to "stand firm."
2. The word "neglecting" carries the meaning of willful neglect, not passive inability.
3. This command is for individuals, not organizations.
C. The purpose of the church is best met when the people are physically gathered, but there are unique times of needed separation.
III. Are you part of God's church?
A. Are you participating in worship?
B. Are you committed in membership?
C. Are you part of God's family?